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Enjoyably off-centre piece of art
on 20 April 2013
Released by Film4, this DVD includes cast and crew interviews, a featurette, plus trailer. The film is 89 minutes and extras another 25 minutes approx.
Written by Rob Young and directed by Marc Munden, the film Miranda is about an enigmatic young woman who enters the life of shy, daydreaming librarian Frank. Suddenly, he finds himself catapulted into the world of confidence tricksters, sadistic villains and amazing sex. But who is the real Miranda?
Filmed mostly in urban Yorkshire's grim interiors, the film has a stark reality of everyday life, which is carefully and cleverly juxtaposed against the dreams and ambitions of the working class and the achievements and methods of the elite class. Portraying the multi-faceted Miranda is the wonderfully adaptable and accomplished Christina Ricci, in one of her many excellent characterisations. Guiding her manoeuvres is the elegant schemer Christian (played magnificently by a superb John Hurt). The new love in Miranda's life, Frank, is yet another incredibly good character role taken to great heights by a simply stunning John Simm, who is totally believable yet also incredibly funny at times. Kyle MacLachlan plays the role of Nailor, who is more than just Frank's rival for Miranda's affections.
Some very strong performances from this cast, who all seemed to push each other to that higher level. Recommended.